Another year comes to an end and lots of metal albums have been released. This year has been great when it comes to album releases I would say, especially in my main area, black metal and sub-genres within.

I have discovered lots of bands this year and some of them are on my Top 10 list of albums released in 2020. Some bands on the Top 10 list even released their debut album this year, and you will also find some new bands with debut albums released this year in the extended version with recommended albums below the top list.

One thing that is different this year compared to the previous years when I have done the Top 10 album lists, is that there are no Norwegian black metal releases that dominate and/or top my list. But I am sure, Norway will deliver again next year (there will be a new Djevel album in 2021).

Just as my previous lists by the end of the year, black metal dominate the Top 10 list (and the extended list), and this year the bands may be spread more over the world, from North America to Europe with bands from Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Finland, Germany Iceland, Portugal, and Norway. Also, there may be a bit more atmospheric/melodic black metal bands on the list this year, at least the Top 10 part.

To help you find more information about the listed bands I have added some useful links. There is a bit more information about the upper part of the list. Also, this year I did a public Spotify playlist based on my list, check it out after the Top 10 list. I hope that you find it useful.

Below is my Top 10 albums 2020 list:


1. Uada – Djinn

Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Country of origin: USA
Label: Eisenwald
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Uada – Djinn I expected that the new Uada album “Djinn” would be on my Top 10 list this year and they did for sure deliver their Melodic Black Metal, a bit different compared to the two previous albums, but fantastic! /Fredrik


2. Lifvsleda – Det Besegrade Lifvet

Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Sweden
Label: Shadow Records
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Lifvsleda – Det Besegrade Lifvet Lifvsleda is one of the bands that I discovered this year and I am glad I did, their raw and primitive black metal, sung in Swedish is exactly what I needed this year. In case you missed Lifvsleda, do yourself the service and check them out! /Fredrik


3. Auðn – Vökudraumsins fangi

Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Country of origin: Iceland
Label: Season Of Mist
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AuðnVökudraumsins fangi Icelandic atmospheric black metal band Auðn delivered this time again, just as they did with their two previous albums. The difference on this album compared to the two previous albums is that they added another guitarist to the band and they took another step up. /Fredrik


4. Vanaidr – Damnation

Genre: Melodic Black metal
Country of origin: Sweden
Label: Purity Through Fire
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5. Faidra – Six Voices Inside

Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Country of origin: Sweden
Label: Northern Silence Productions
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6. Mörk Gryning – Hinsides Vrede

Genre: Melodic Black metal
Country of origin: Sweden
Label: Season Of Mist
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7. Necrophobic – Dawn of the Damned

Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Country of origin: Sweden
Label: Century Media
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8. Grafvitnir – Death’s Wings Widespread

Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Sweden
Label: Carnal Records
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9. Kvaen – The Funeral Pyre

Genre: Black/Pagan/Viking Metal
Country of origin: Sweden
Label: Black Lion Records
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10. Afsky – Ofte jeg drømmer mig død

Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Denmark
Label: Vendetta Records
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Spotify & Swedish Metal 2020

When I sum this year up I can also see that my public Spotify playlists have been growing, especially the list “Black Metal 2020”, if you missed the list, find the link at the bottom of this page and also in the main menu.

To the ones who already follow and listen to the list, and to you who may have missed it, there will be a “Black Metal 2021” list as well, the list is created with artwork, but of course no songs have been added yet.

Below you find a new Spotify playlist that I did based on what you see on this page, feel free to check it out!


Extended list

Also great and well worth to check out, in alphabetical order:

Armagedda – Svindeldjup Åttestup
Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Sweden
Label: Nordvis Produktion
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Begrafven – Dödsriket
Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Sweden
Label: Unexploded Records
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Darkened – Kingdom of Decay
Genre: Death Metal
Country of origin: International
Label: Edged Circle Productions
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Gaerea – Limbo
Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Portugal
Label: Season Of Mist
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GlemselUnavngivet
Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Denmark
Label: Vendetta Records
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Helfró – Helfró
Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Iceland
Label: Season Of Mist
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Isolert – World in Ruins
Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Greece
Label: Nihilistische KlangKunst
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Leviathan – Förmörkelse
Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Sweden
Label: Nebular Carcoma Records (LP), France d’Oïl Prod. (CD), Bile Noire (MC)
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Naglfar – Cerecloth
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Country of origin
: Sweden
Label: Century Media
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Nattverd – Styggdom
Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Norway
Label: Osmose Productions
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Nyrst – Orsök
Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Iceland
Label: Dark Essence Records
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Orbit Culture – Nija
Genre: Melodic Death/Groove Metal
Country of origin: Sweden
Label: Seek & Strike
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Ov Shadows – I Djävulens Avbild
Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Sweden
Label: Hypnotic Dirge Records
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Panzerfaust – The Suns of Perdition – Chapter II: Render Unto Eden
Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Canada
Label: Eisenwald
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Serpesta – Inevitable Demise
Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Sweden
Label: Independent
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Sinira – The Everlorn
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Country of origin: USA
Label: Northern Silence Productions
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Skaldr – Scythe of Our Errors
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Country of origin: USA
Label: Independent
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SlagmarkPurging Sacred Soils
Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Germany
Label: Purity Through Fire
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Svältvinter – Hädangången
Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Sweden
Label: Independent
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Theotoxin – Fragment : Erhabenheit
Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Germany
Label: AOP Records
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Trident – North
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Country of origin: Sweden
Label: Non-Serviam, Records
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YmirYmir
Genre: Black Metal
Country of origin: Finland
Label: Werewolf Records


So, that’s it, now when another year is about to end, this year has been shit in many ways for most and I have had the worst year in my life on a personal basis on top of everything else.

But, if there is one thing that helps when everything is bad or worse, then it is good music, that is for sure a fact!

I must take the opportunity and thank all bands, members of bands, labels, and people who share the taste in music, who are fans of the bands that I try to support! I would not be here if it was not for you!

Let’s hope for a not as shitty 2021 as 2020 and that the plague will be
eradicated so we can attend gigs and festivals again!

/ Fredrik Kreem, founder/owner of Swedish Metal



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